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Throw Your Arms Around Me

Hunters And Collectors, 1984

    I will come to you at night time and I will raise you from your sleep
    I will kiss you in four places. I'll go running along your street
    I will squeeze the life out of you and you will make me laugh and make me cry
    And we will never forget it. And you will make me call your name
    And I'll shout it to the blue summer sky

    And we may never meet again so shed your skin and let's get started
    And you will throw your arms around me
    And you will throw your arms around me

    I dreamed of you at night time and I watched you in your sleep
    I met you in high places. I touched your head and touched your feet
    So if you disappear out of view y' know I will never say goodbye
    And 'though we try to forget it. You will make me call your name
    And I'll shout it to the blue summer sky


    (lyrics reprinted by kind permission of

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Can't Stand Losing You 

Gordon Sumner (Sting), 1978

    I called you so many times today
    And I guess it's all true what your girlfriends say
    That you don't ever wanna see me again
    And your brother's gonna kill me and he's six feet ten
    I guess you'd call it cowardice
    But I'm not prepared to go on like this

    I can't I can't I can't stand losin'
    I can't I can't I can't stand losin'
    I can't I can't I can't
    I can't stand losin' you!

    I see you sent my letters back
    And my L.P. records and they're all scratched
    I can't see the point in another day
    When nobody listens to a word I say
    You can call it lack of confidence
    But to carry on living doesn't make no sense

    Yes this is our last goodbye
    And you don't care so I won't cry
    And you'll be sorry when I'm dead
    And all this guilt will be on your head
    I guess you'd call it suicide
    But I'm too full to swallow my pride

    (lyrics reprinted by kind permission of

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Wayward Waltz

Miguel Heatwole, 2009

I wanna waltz with you

Just we two


What ever you do, I want you
just to waltz me too. To waltz me, to waltz me, to waltz me, to waltz me too


I wanna waltz with you, and you, and I want to waltz with
you too. And you, and you, and you, and you 

But you don't know how to

What to do?

Know how to be not what
others tell you to If I were you then I'd be true 
 
I don't know how to waltz with you but I know what I 
want to do. I'd waltz with you, I'd dance, it's true 

Come on and waltz with me

It's easy as one two three
 
If only you could see

The way it ought to be

What if we want to be...

want to dance free and easy?

Feel oh so free!

Behave to me openly and honestly! 


What if we want to be...

want to dance freely? And if she happily were like me that would please me 

Philosophically,

be what you have to be, don't you see?  So don't be sad or angry at my honesty 

You've other partners too
 
One or two

The part of you that's too hard to
undo I ought to make harmless Not harness, not unless you want me to

Do other partners put you in darkness?  You'll think me heartless

won't you?  Ah no, ah no, ah no, not true!

I guess they're people who

Dance like you

A pleasant dance, my fellow pressing,
hands linked together  But whether for ever we never knew


Ooh, what a pleasure, dancing each measure, feeling no pressure  
Darling you can gather what ever treasure is new

I'd be one of a few  
Is that the best you can do?

I wish it wasn't true
What can I hold onto?
Ooh,

to keep in step with you is hard to do
Ooh,

to keep in step with you is hard to do
Ooh,

to keep in step with you is hard to do 
Ooh,

to keep in step with you is hard to do

But since we don't agree

I can see


Unfort'nately we're not in
harmony a pity we see no synchronicity


We three unfort'nately might never be in
harmony. It seems to me that we won't be

Waltzing for you and me

Just won't do
For me and you

What ever you do, I want you 
just to waltz me too, to waltz me, to
waltz me, to waltz me, to waltz me too

I wanna waltz with you, and you, and I want to waltz with
you too; and you,
and you, and you, and you

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Change 

Terry Clinton, 2012

    Change is growing in you
    Change is moving through your blood
    You mark it out in clock beats
    You can't just stand and watch it pass
    If you didn't know the time
    The Earth would not refuse to spin
    Close your eyes and block your ears
    Silent darkness still will change
     
    The more things change, the more things change
    Today's familiar soon is strange
    Mighty empires fall to waste
    Mighty despots change their face
     
    Change for better, change for worse. It's hard to pin them down
    Those afraid to make a choice all are longing for the past
    But memories will also change as old hardships fade from view
    It was no better back then. There's still the chance to start anew.
     
    King Canute can't hold the sea
    Time rewrites all history
    Theory posing as a law
    Tomorrow will reveal a flaw
     
    Change. Change.
     
    The more things change, the more things change
    Today's familiar soon is strange
    Mighty empires fall to waste
    Mighty despots change their face
     
    King Canute can't hold the sea
    Time rewrites all history
    Theory posing as a law
    Tomorrow will reveal a flaw

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Bright Moon

Russel Neal, 2006

    Bright moon, tell my baby goodbye
    Bright moon, wipe the tear from her eye
    Let your moonbeams kiss her cheek
    Let  her  hear  the  words  I  speak
    Though I see you rise in cancer
    Be my true romance enhancer
    Bring me her unguarded answer
    Won't you make it soon?  Bright moon

    Bright moon, tell my baby goodbye
    Bright moon, wipe the tear from her eye
    Though I'm driving far tonight
    Keep her in your kindly light
    Guide my journey with your moonglow
    You who make the tides ebb and flow
    Just as sure as I have to go
    I will be back soon, Bright moon

    Bright moon, tell my baby goodbye
    Bright moon, wipe the tear from her eye
    On her balcony tonight
    Bathed in your reflected light
    While you're shining high above her
    Tell her I'm her truest lover
    She won't ever need another
    Morning night or noon, Bright moon

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Elephant In The Room

Clark Gormley, 2012

    I'm at a party, it's intimate and chic
    A bit claustrophobic in fact. I feel a little weak
    And the reason there's no room is the elephant in the room

    And now the heffalump has knocked over the hors d’oeurves
    His wrinkly skin and his trumpeting are getting on my nerves
    Still I'll not whine anytime soon 'bout the elephant in the room

    The guests who can't get in are lined up in the hall
    The host apparently was crushed against the wall
    Still the band keeps playing the tunes to the elephant in the room

    Men with loud voices are seeking our attention
    Still the pachyderm doesn't rate a mention
    Only men with nom de plumes write of the elephant in the room

    Some have suggested that we call the RSP
    CA and remove him but we'd rather let him be
    As the lamp lands with a boom knocked by the elephant in the room
    On the carpet glass is strewn by the elephant in the room
    The TV was smashed by whom? That's right! It's the elephant in the room!

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 Swing A Cat

Top Cat: Hoyt Curtin, 1961   

    Top Cat! The most effectual
    Top Cat! Whose intellectual
    Close friends get to call him T.C.
    Providing it's with dignity
    Top Cat! The indisputable leader of the gang
    He's the boss. He's the VIP.
    He's the championship
    He's the most tip top, Top Cat!
    ...
    He's the chief, he's the king
    But above everything
    He's the most tip top, Top Cat!

(lyrics reprinted by kind permission of

Cattangooga Cats: Mike Curb & Anihanbar music co. 1969

    Jabada, jabada, say jabada
    Jabada, jabada, say jabada!

    Cattanooga cats don't ever purr
    They know how, but not what fer
    Cattanooga cats don't go meow
    Wouldn’t try if they knew how
    Doin' their thing. Jabada, jabada
    They’re doin' their thing. Jabada, jabada
    They’re doin' their thing. Jabada, jabada
    The Cattanooga cats are doin' their thing

    Jabada, jabada, say jabada
    Jabada, jabada, say jabada
    Jabada, jabada, say jabada
    Jabada, jabada, say jabada
    The Cattanooga.... cats? 

(lyrics reprinted by kind permission of

Felix The Cat: Winston Sharples, 1958    

    Felix the cat. The wonderful, wonderful cat
    Whever he gets in a fix
    He reaches into his bag of tricks
    Felix the cat. The wonderful, wonderful cat
    You'll laugh so much your sides will ache
    Your heart will go pitter pat
    Watching Felix the wonderful cat

    Felix the cat. The wonderful, wonderful cat
    You never know what he'll do next
    So don't even try to take a guess
    Felix the cat. The wonderful, wonderful cat
    He's so much fun for everyone
    No one can question that 'coz he's Felix the wonderful cat

(lyrics reprinted by kind permission of

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Heroes Of Olde

Arthur and the Square Knights of the Round Table: Clare Bail, 1966 

    Arthur, the king of Camelot
    He's the ring-a-ding-a-ling-inest king
    Arthur, he likes to joust a lot
    And he really makes the kingdom swing
    Dragons run from Arthur's lance
    And the Black Knight hasn't a chance
    If you're in trouble, send a cable
    To the hero of our fable
    That's Arthur of Camelot

    He took a sword from a stone
    Made a table round
    Took the bravest knights
    And sat them around
    Then all of Camelot knew they really had a king
    Yeah, a king who could do darn near any old thing

    Arthur, that's what the maidens call
    Whenever they're lost or in distress
    If you're locked up in a tower
    He does rescues on the hour
    He's our liberated, armour-plated, dragon-slaying king
    That's Arthur, Arthur - we know an Arthur
    King of Camelot!

(lyrics reprinted by kind permission of

The Tale of Sir Robin: Eric Idle 1974

    Bravely bold Sir Robin
    Rode forth from Camelot
    He was not afraid to die
    Oh Brave Sir Robin
    He was not at all afraid to be killed in nasty ways
    Brave, Brave, Brave Brave Sir Robin

    He was not in the least bit scared to be mashed into a pulp
    Or to have his eyes gouged out, and his elbows broken
    To have his kneecaps split and his body burned away
    And his limbs all hacked and mangled, Brave Sir Robin

    His head smashed in and his heart cut out
    And his liver removed and his bowels unplugged
    And his nostrils raped and his bottom burned up
    And his penis split...

    Brave Sir Robin ran away
    Bravely ran away, away
    When danger rears its ugly head
    He bravely turned his tail and fled
    Yes Brave Sir Robin turned about
    He gallantly chickened out

    Bravely taking to his feet
    He beat a very brave retreat
    Oh bravest of the brave, Sir Robin

(lyrics reprinted by kind permission of

Black Adder: Howard Goodall, 1983 
   

    The sound of hoofbeats 'cross the glade
    Good folk, lock up your son and daughter
    Beware the deadly flashing blade
    Unless you want to end up shorter
    Black Adder, Black Adder, he rides a pitch black steed
    Black Adder, Black Adder, he's very bad indeed

    Black: his gloves of finest mole
    Black: his codpiece made of metal
    His horse is blacker than a vole
    His pot is blacker than his kettle
    Black Adder, Black Adder, with many a cunning plan
    Black Adder, Black Adder, you horrid little man

(lyrics reprinted by kind permission of

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Colours In My Head

Miguel Heatwole, 2002

    There are colours in my head
    Yellow, green and red
    Why do you suppose they keep coming out my nose?

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Pjevala je Ptica Kos/Sarana Gaida

Traditional Croatian

    Pjevala je ptica kos         
    Pjevala je ptica kos          
    Hej hej ja haj                   
    Pjevala je ptica kos          


    U zelenoj
    šumici            
    U zelenoj šumici          
    Hej hej ja haj                 
    U zelenoj šumici             

    Na hrastovoj grančici       

    Na hrastovoj grančici       

    Hej hej ja haj                    
    Na hrastovoj grančici       

    The blackbird sang
    The blackbird sang
    Hey hey ya hai
    The blackbird sang

    In the green woods
    In the green woods
    Hey hey ya hai
    In the green woods

    On an oak branch

    On an oak branch

    Hey hey ya hai
    On an oak branch


Traditional Makedonian

    Ceniv se u popa da mu čuvam guskite                   
    Ceniv se u popa da mu čuvam guskite                  

    Šarena gajda išarana, s's monistra nanižana        
    Šarena gajda išarana, s's monistra nanižana
            
    Zumbaj, zum ba ba!                                            

    Otkara gi dolovi, kude voda ne teče                     
    Kude voda ne teče, kude trava ne niča                  

    Ozdol' ide popište, vrti oči k'o ploči               
    Ozdol' ide popište, vrti oči k'o ploči
                 

    Dva šamara mi udri, guskite mi otera                   
    Guskite mi otera, gajdata mi ja zema!                     

    I negotiated with the priest that I'd take care of his geese
    I negotiated with the priest that I'd take care of his geese

    Colourful patterned bagpipes, with threaded beads
    Colourful patterned bagpipes, with threaded beads
    Zumbai, zum ba ba!

    I drove them to a meadow where there was no water
    Where there was no water, where grass there was none

    The priest came, his eyes spinning like plates
    The priest came, his eyes spinning like plates

    Two slaps he gave me, he took his geese
    He took
    his geese, and took my bagpipes!


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Fill My Glass

Miguel Heatwole, 2014

    Can I get you a drink maybe?
    [Maybe she'll agree]
    We need to wait and see

    You were strong, like I'd find in a shot glass
    Were cold, cracked, but interesting
    The ice released some flavour as it started melting

    Let me drink you in easy baby
    Want you to please me
    I don't want you to tease me
    Fill my glass

    I had something to say
    I was so sensitive I censored it
    This test is too hard
    Will I fail or pass?

    I can tell if a label is top class
    I'm something of a connoisseur
    The right age is important - I could see that you were

    I just wish this could be a bit more easy
    Does she want me? [think me?] Sleazy company?
    [She maye won't see me as seemly company]
    Come to me!

    So I want you to pour me a hot splash
    That my lips can sip nice and neat
    Or shake me up a cocktail make it potent and sweet!

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The Rat Is Round

Miguel Heatwole, 2009

    My pet is a rat
    A very nice one
    I like him 'cause he's so clean and cute
    I let him share my food (he likes food)

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Hospital Mix Up

Anonymous

    Due to a mix-up in the urology department
    Apple juice will not be served in the staff canteen

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Rest

Miguel Heatwole, 2001

    I gave to sleep a heavy hour
    And every mental tissue bathed
    Naked in its power
    Surreal and drifting, rainbow black
    Submerged in depthless lidded pools
    Spiralling and slack
    And when I stood again like crystal
    Sharp clear and glittering
    Reasoning, bright
    Open to clarity
    Sleep's rich colours faded in the light

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Waste Hierarchy

Traditional

    Reduce, re-use, recycle

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Forecasting

Terry Clinton, 2003 

    Out on the water the surface darkens with the sky
    Rain pierced and wind driven, scene change the clouds go scudding by
    Sun pauses on reflection and takes the veil with windy sigh

    Light as much as dark or cold as warm
    Visions in the dust and in the storm
    Discovered in the feel and in the form

    Wouldn't you grow weary of the same?
    Every day alike and so again
    Every face familiar every name
    Nothing more to learn to lose to gain

    Let's make a prediction that plans might change at any time
    It's certain the sand's shifting each step is random by design
    The safe things might hurt us the things most feared be most sublime

    First as much as last or great as small
    Lessons in the rise and in the fall
    Told to one, to many, told to all

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